Belfast four piece Hurdles formed in 2012 and since then have received airplay from the likes of Steve Lamacq and BBC Radio 1 Introducing. On February 1st 2016 the quartet are releasing a new four track E.P ‘Dusk and Dawn’ following 2013’s offering ‘Where to Start’.
As the opening track ‘Closer‘ kicks off it’s just what is needed on this cold wet dreary January morning with its summer vibe and melodic guitar riff. With an insistent and addictive beat and funky bass licks this would go down a storm at a summer festival and have everyone dancing.
Second track ‘Dusk and Dawn‘ with its synth intro and shimmering guitars is reminiscent of Bombay Bicycle Club with Niall Hanna’s chilled vocals adding to the blissed-out feeling of the song. This is the lead single from the EP and really shows what Hurdles are about.
‘Wake‘ is a funk laden number which is a brave move on Hurdles part but it pays off well with delicious guitar sound and a beat you can’t help moving to. My only criticism is that I feel Hanna’s voice sometimes gets a little lost under the guitar riff. ‘France‘ starts like an 80s anthem with a synth pop beat and settles into gloriously shiny indie pop which is easy on the ear and brightens the mood, and makes me think of ‘Haim’ which is no bad thing in my book.
In all ‘Dusk and Dawn‘ is a strong release of catchy indie pop which is sure to garner radio play and is perfect for fans of Two Door Cinema Club, Haim, Bombay Bicycle Club and Phoenix.